Illness anxiety disorder is a serious mental health condition. But it can be treated.
When does a healthy concern about your health tip over into illness anxiety?
University's reasons for not releasing trial data are groundless.
Behavioural activation rivals other therapies and medication in the treatment of depression.
Behavioural activation aims to increase engagement in activities we value, which boosts our chances of deriving pleasure and a sense of achievement from life.
Talking therapy for people with post-traumatic stress disorder is one suggestion. A new study finds that surfing may be beneficial too.
Avoiding or delaying diagnosis means people miss out on treatments that might have eased their suffering.
While it's important to increase the diagnosis of depression and find a treatment plan that suits the individual, simply writing more scripts for antidepressants isn't the answer.
While technology is not always a replacement, it can offer increased choice and flexibility.
Smartphones, tablets and computers are increasingly expanding the availability of health services. This means we can access help anonymous at a time and place that suits us.
Show me the evidence.
NICE recommends psychotherapy for treating schizophrenia and bipolar disorder,
despite a lack of high quality evidence to show that they're effective.
Anger and aggression are the “fight” side of the “fight or flight response”.
You're at the park with the kids. Everyone's having fun, and then a strange dog appears, baring its teeth. Your protective response is the evolutionary function of anger.
Clinical perfectionists constantly strive for ambitious goals and judge their self-worth on the achievement of these goals.
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Some clinical perfectionists avoid or procrastinate because they fear not being able to meet their desired standards.
Tell me about your childhood.
A new study has found that psychodynamic therapy is useful for treating depression, and the positive effects are longer lasting.
Not all paedophiles act on their attraction.
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The sexual abuse of children is, understandably, a key concern for the public. But misperceptions about those who perpetrate it abound in public debate.
Australians are less likely to see a person with an anxiety disorder as warranting professional help.
Australians have come a long way in understanding depression. Most recognise the symptoms and believe in the value of professional help. But anxiety disorders have been left behind.
Therapy, drugs or exercise? The depression treatment journey can be difficult to navigate.
So you're depressed. You know this because a health profession has told you so, or because there is no mistaking the symptoms. Perhaps you've been depressed before. What now?
Usually I feel on edge during flight turbulence but recently I employed several techniques that helped to calm me down.
Many who suffer from anxiety tend to blame themselves for their "tricky" brains. Compassion-focused exercises can soothe horrible bouts of anxiety, as they did for me on a recent trip home from Bali.
The process of therapy is challenging and takes courage.
If you or someone you care about experience an emotional problem it won't be long before you hear that cognitive behaviour therapy, or CBT, is probably the treatment of choice.
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I hate sheep.
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Not that kind of rumination.
It is the events that happen in our lives that determine the state of our mental health, rather than some inherent personal inadequacy or genetic flaw.
Telling people there’s no “cure” for depression or bipolar can leave them feeling like a victim.
An increasing number of people are trying to cope with depression and bipolar in the UK. But we also have an over-reliance on drugs and waiting lists can be a year long for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy…